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Iran Construction Equipment Market - Outlook and Forecast 2022-2028
In 2021, the construction equipment market in Iran was valued at USD 256.7 million. It is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.06% and reach USD 411.1 million by 2028.
According to the research, the sales of construction equipment in Iran are expected to reach approximately 9,029 units by 2028. The government’s investments in modernizing infrastructure, transportation, and mining industries will drive the demand for construction equipment in Iran.
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Among different types of construction equipment, material handling equipment holds the largest market share in Iran compared to earthmoving and road construction equipment. Government investments in road construction, infrastructure development, housing projects, smart cities, and the development of Eastern and Southern Corridors will have a positive impact on the demand for material handling equipment in Iran.
To avoid project delays caused by funding challenges, there has been an increase in demand for equipment financing post-pandemic. In response to this, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) like Komatsu, Caterpillar, SANY, and Hitachi construction machinery have provided financial assistance to customers. In 2021, there was a surge in equipment financing activities by OEMs in Iran, as they aim to maximize the benefits from the increased demand for construction equipment due to the rise in infrastructure projects. Other major players in the industry, such as XCMG, Zoomlion, Kobelco, and Hyundai Construction Equipment, are also expected to follow a similar trend.
Iran possesses 25% of the oil reserves in the Middle East and 12% of the world’s total. However, in 2020, Iran’s crude oil production reached a 30-year low due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, Iran’s economy contracted by 7%, and the construction industry was negatively affected by labor and raw material shortages.
In an effort to revitalize the economy after the pandemic, the Iranian government announced 48 industrial and infrastructure projects worth approximately $19 billion in 2022. These projects aim to boost economic activities and increase investments in the energy, oil and gas, petrochemicals, infrastructure, and industrial sectors. Additionally, the government plans to complete over 3,900 kilometers of new railways and roads by March 2022. In 2021, Iran witnessed an investment of $78.9 million in improving roads, railways networks, and the construction of welfare service complexes.
Iran offers a favorable business environment with an efficient administrative setup, attractive foreign policies, and an abundant skilled workforce. The government has relaxed foreign investment norms in the construction, transport, and renewable energy sectors to attract investors.
The government also announced 48 industrial and infrastructure projects worth about $19 billion in 2021 to mitigate the negative impact of the pandemic. Among these projects are 30 port developments in various Iranian ports, as well as investments in transport infrastructure and the aviation sector.
Furthermore, the mining industry in Iran has seen significant developments, with 29 projects ready for inauguration across the country. The Iran Minerals Production and Supply Company (IMPASCO) has announced 23 development projects worth $355 million in the mining sector for 2021.
Although Iran’s economy is relatively diversified compared to other Middle Eastern countries, it heavily relies on petroleum and liquid revenues. U.S. sanctions on Iran’s oil exports in 2019 resulted in a decrease in crude oil production and exports, affecting export revenues. The COVID-19 pandemic further impacted Iran’s crude oil production in 2020. To reduce support for fossil fuel production, Iran has proposed a licensing ban and divestment strategy, which could directly affect the demand for construction equipment in the oil and gas industry.
The manufacturing industry in Iran has underperformed since 2019, primarily due to a dependency on raw materials from neighboring countries. The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the supply chain, causing a decline in the Iran manufacturing industry in 2020. The recovery of the manufacturing sector has been slower compared to other sectors such as mining, agriculture, and construction. Foreign direct investment in the manufacturing sector is also lower than in neighboring countries. The shortage of labor caused by the pandemic is likely to impact the demand for construction equipment, specifically cranes and forklifts.
With increasing investments in road construction, there is a growing demand for low-maintenance and flexible equipment. OEMs in Iran are expected to align with this trend and focus on delivering fuel-efficient and low-maintenance equipment such as backhoe loaders, skid loaders, and mini excavators. Additionally, the use of Internet of Things (IoT) technology is expected to improve the performance of excavators and provide access to more data.
The market is segmented based on various factors, including type and end user.
Segmentation by Type
Earthmoving Equipment – Excavator, Backhoe Loaders, Motor Graders, Other Earthmoving Equipment (Other loaders, Bulldozers, Trenchers)
Material Handling Equipment – Crane, Forklift & Telescopic Handlers, Aerial Platforms (Articulated Boom Lifts, Telescopic Boom lifts, Scissor lifts)
Road Construction Equipment – Road Rollers, Asphalt Pavers
Segmentation by End Users
In 2021, earthmoving equipment held a significant share of 43.4% in the overall construction equipment market. The Iran earthmoving equipment market is projected to reach 4,054 units by the year 2028, experiencing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.27%. This growth can be attributed to the extensive application of earthmoving equipment in infrastructure construction and renewable energy projects.
Furthermore, the earthmoving equipment segment dominated the Iran road construction equipment market in 2021, accounting for 78.0% of the market share. The Iran road rollers market is expected to reach 308 units by 2028, growing at a CAGR of 4.32%. The increasing demand for road rollers is driven by the surge in construction activities in the country. The government has planned various road and highway redevelopment projects, which further contribute to the rising demand for road rollers in the market.
Caterpillar, Volvo Construction Equipment, Komatsu, Liebherr, and Kubota collectively hold a 32% market share in the Iran construction equipment market.
Chinese original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) such as Zoomlion and SANY are gaining market share in Iran due to their diverse portfolio of low-cost material handling equipment.
Prominent vendors in the market include Caterpillar, Komatsu, Volvo Construction Equipment, Hitachi Construction Equipment, XCMG, SANY, Liebherr, Kubota, JCB, Hyundai Construction Equipment, Zoomlion, and Kobelco.
Other noteworthy vendors in the market include Liu Gong, Yanmar, Case Construction Equipment, and Terex Corporation.
Key Questions Answered
WHAT IS THE RATE OF GROWTH OF THE CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT MARKET IN IRAN?
The construction equipment market in Iran is anticipated to experience a growth rate of 7.06% during the period of 2021 to 2028.
WHO ARE THE MAJOR PARTICIPANTS IN THE IRAN CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY MARKET?
Leading industry players in Iran’s construction machinery market include Caterpillar, Volvo Construction Equipment, Komatsu, Liebherr, JCB, XCMG, SANY, and Kubota.
HOW MANY UNITS OF CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT ARE EXPECTED TO BE SOLD IN 2028?
According to the research, approximately 9,029 units of construction equipment are projected to be sold in 2028.
WHAT ARE THE RECENT TRENDS THAT ARE AFFECTING THE GROWTH OF THE IRAN CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT MARKET?
Current trends impacting the growth of the Iran construction equipment market include increased demand for flexible, low maintenance, and fuel-efficient equipment, as well as a rise in equipment financing activities conducted by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in Iran.